Blogs from Tupiza, Potosí Department, Bolivia, South America - page 2


South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza June 24th 2013

Tupiza is the country of cowboys and outlaws, freezing, windy, dusty, full of giant cactus plants, canyons and valleys. It is not far from here in the town of San Vincente where Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid finally met their maker (this was one of my favorite films when I was a kid). The only option we had was to take a night bus from Sucre and this didn"t appeal, we have heard too many horror stories about night busses here, and arriving at 4am anywhere isn"t our kind of fun. So we caught a bus from Sucre to Potosi (3 1/2 hours) and spent the night there to break the journey. Potosi is at 4000 m so it was freezing and hard to breathe, we were lucky that our hostel provided heating which ... read more
Inca Canyon
The horses view
Riding in Cowboy Country

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza June 22nd 2013

Ola de Bolivia, Having survived the border crossing from Argentina to Bolivia unscathed and watched with amusement as some Bolivians used the unoffical border crossing (running over the dry riverbed that seperates Argentina and Bolivia), I marveled at the women in the traditional bowler hats and pleated satin skirts, met some newly trained English medics (I am like a bloody groupie) and set off to get some money. The ATMs in Bolivia take Mastercard in theory but not so often in practice. I schlepped up and down the dusty road trying to change the leftover Chilean money to Bolivianos....pleading with a man in Spanglish to stay open for another five minutes so I could get a bus to Tupiza to start some fun stuff. One of the medics lent me the 1 pound for the bus ... read more
Getting over the mountain pass
Rugged up in the snow
Foot gloves in an attempt to regain circulation

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza May 31st 2013

So, we left you last at Donde Rita's on Monday 13th May planning to go camping for a night under the stars. We then got a message from our good mates James Mills and Laura Harris in Tupizia, Bolivia saying their flight home is booked for a week on Friday and they want to do the salt flat tour with us, which gave us until Wednesday at the latest to get to them and start the 4day salt flat tour from Tupizia, Bolivia to Uyuni also in Bolivia. After spending hours on the Internet and reading the lonely planet back to front we had little information about the boarder crossings and bus times to go off. Chile isn't like Argentina, they don't seem to have any bus company information or times on the Internet, even the ... read more
The stew that very nearly made me miss the bus

We depart Salta on the Saturday catching a bus at 7am to get to the border town of La Quiaca from where we hope to cross into Bolivia. It is a 7.5 hour ride, initially through the area that we did a tour a few days ago, and then further into really arid and harsh landscapes. We have the two front seats on the top level of the bus, and it provides a great view, but also means copping a pounding from the sun as it rises from its slumber into full force. La Quiaca is small dusty town, that really only seems to exist as a border control point with Bolivia. It is a 20 minute walk to the border, and after getting some directions from an old Bolivian lady we successfully locate it. We ... read more
View over the Sillar
Children of Cemillos
Lady of Cemillos

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza March 24th 2013

Crossing the border just after sunrise, immediately Bolivia is strikingly different from Argentina where we'd spent the past month. Many buildings in the border town of Villazon (and every other town since) remain unfinished, there's a faint odour of sewage in the air and the people look very different - aged and almost worn down from the toils of day-to-day life in South America's poorest country. The traditional dress of the local women is another contrast; long, layered skirts, embroidered cardigans, shawls over their shoulders which double as bags and pork-pie hats. No mini-skirts insight. Without doubt, the most challenging aspect of our arrival in Bolivia was dealing with the dizzyingly high-altitude. Villazon sits at over 3,400 metres (over 11,000 feet) above sea level so just walking is tough, not to mention lugging your backpack around ... read more
Day one - amazing scenery
Calm-a Llama down

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza March 20th 2013

Hi all, here we are in Tupiza, after a harrowing 3 hours to cross from Argentina into Bolivia....but that's another story for another time. Rosco gets Abandoned in Salta.... After a relaxing couple of nights in Salta, including a cultural, Tourist dinner including the succulent goat meat I have ever eaten, I have had my fair share of rough stuff in the past. The boys told the staff that it was my 80th birthday and we were there to cellebrate it, soon after the band struck up 'Happy Bithday Roco', then a cake arrived with a candle and a fire work that fird up and sprayed all over the cake, but every one enjoyed it. Scratch finished up on the stage giving a big Rah, Rah for New Zealand, when they produced our flag. There is ... read more
Pick the Goat??
An old Chev
A really nice church

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza March 4th 2013

Tupiza was a small village of no onsequence. Now mainly due to back pacKers things are improving, the roads are getting better, there are good places to eat and a few ATMs and reasonable places to stay. The costs are half of what is in Argentina across the boarder. The town is surrounded by hills of a particular nature. They are almost bare and compltely made of red stone (something like the laterite stone, but dry). It is something unique to this area. The hills are with sharp sides. Erosion has made interesting statuets and figures on these rocky formations. There are 4 wheel drive conducted excursions to the hills.After our pleasant "Ride with the Gouchos" experience in Salta myself and Laticia opted for a horse riding trip to the hills rather than a jeep excursion. ... read more
Riding Again
They also need a break
Road to Uyuni

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza January 28th 2013

For an amateur geologist like myself, Tupiza was so delicious. The little town was nestled in a spectacular setting of red-rock canyons, multicolored hills, and cactus forests and bisected by a dramatic, ever-changing river. With only 25,000 people, it was small enough that I easily got out of town and accessed fine hiking trails. Plus, in Bolivia, everything was wonderfully affordable, so I had an upscale room, went horseback riding in Butch Cassidy country and gorged on gorgeous tropical fruit. As usual, time stretched and my planned days became weeks. Cry for Me, Argentina I left the multi-colored canyons of my beloved Iruya when the Argentine holidays began; on January 3rd, the once-peaceful town had become swamped, and I lost my room. With a week left on my visa, I went to little-visited, adobe Yavi (population ... read more
my faithful steed heading into the canyon
Valle de los Machos
Riding in the red rock canyons with Dutch friends

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza December 14th 2012

We got on a morning bus out of Tilcara for the border town of La Quiaca, Argentina. Luckily we wound up on the top in the front row, so we had some great views on the way. There were more colored hills, similar to Purmamarca. I snapped a few pictures from the bus: On the way up to La Quiaca our bus ran into some trouble and we were stopped for about 30 minutes. Not sure what was going on. Finally they got a group of locals to push start us and we were one our way again. In La Quiaca we got some lunch and caught a taxi to the border. The first taxi told us it would cost 100 pesos, which is ab... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza October 13th 2012

Weiter ging es ueber Puno nach Copacabana, Bolivien. Die Einreise war entspannt, nur verschlechterten sich sofort die Strassenverhaeltnisse. Copacabana liegt am 3808m hoch gelegenen Titicacasee, dem hoechstgelegenen, schiffbaren See der Welt. Von hier setzten wir zur wunderschoenen Isla del Sol ueber, auf der der Sonnenkult der Inka entstanden ist. Wir wanderten fuenf Stunden vom Norden in den Sueden der Insel. Die Insel selbst, der riesige See und die ueber 6000m hohen Berge der Cordillera Real waren ein geniales Naturerlebnis. Von Copacabana fuhren wir mit dem Bus ueber La Paz (das wir links liegen liessen) nach Oruro. Hier konnten wir uns fuer den folgenden Tag Zugtickets nach Uyuni kaufen. Uyuni besteht zum groessten Teil aus Hostels und Agenturen, die den Trip in die Salar de Uyuni anbieten. Wir buchten uns eine Drei-Tages-Tour, die wir mit einer sehr ... read more

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